French Chic on the Cheap

If springtime in Paris is a little too pricey, you can still get your French fix without breaking the bank (or getting jetlag) with these wallet-friendly places.

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French cultural center dedicated to language, learning and community outreach. Offers classes, movies, book clubs and social events for individuals and families. Be sure to check out their May 12th fundraising gala, “Le Bal Magique du Maroc.” Alliance Francaise is located at 810 North Dearborn Street in Chicago.

The critically acclaimed dance company makes its Chicago debut with performances of “Giselle” and a separate mixed repertoire program of French masterpieces. Performances are scheduled June 27 through July 1 at the Harris Theatre in Millennium Park located at 205 E. Randolph Drive in Chicago.


Parisian-inspired boutique selling jewelry, bridal finery, accessories and home décor. Owner Susan Metropoulos is committed to selling items that best represent the French ideal of transforming everyday objects into an art form. Mark your calendars for their upcoming “April in Paris Soiree,” which features a jewelry trunk show, French photography, portrait painting and of course, champagne. Located at 1155 West Webster Avenue in Chicago.

Chic boutique with a decidedly French flair sells statement jewelry, vintage couture, accessories and gifts. Located at 550 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka.


European café owned and operated by pastry chef Toni Marie Cox. Offers Parisian -inspired sandwiches, savory treats and pastries. Be sure to try Cox’s French macaroons and Paris-Brest. Located at 65 E. Washington in Chicago.

  • Le Titi De Paris

Beloved French restaurant offers the best in French dining as well as cooking classes for adults and kids. Located at 1015 W. Dundee Road in Arlington Heights.

Harris Theatre at Millennium Park
205 E. Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 334 -7777

Alliance Francaise de Chicago
810 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 337-1070

The Left Bank
1155 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 929 – 7422

Oui Madame

65 E. Washington Street
Chicago IL 60602
(312) 726‑202

Le Titi De Paris
1015 W Dundee Rd
Arlington Hts, IL 60004

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